The answer to that is NO.  Its how you feel, so if you are in good health then put on some protective gear and start rolling. Besides wearing protective gears, there are three factors which makes a big difference for a beginner to skate better. Fitness, Balance and Confidence. Even without much fitness, those who have Rollerblade or ice- skate before may the transition of skating again easier. Those adding rollerblading to top off their active lifestyle may get rolling quickly and reduce their injuries in a fall.  

Although skating will seem frightening or difficult to anybody who never got a chance to develop the lifelong balance and coordination that comes not only from skating but years of biking, snow skiing, horseback riding, dance and many other physical activities. Taking one or more lessons is the best way to gain confidence and get a safe start. Fears ease once you've fallen on your gear under supervision and learned how to use the brake, turn away from the pull of gravity and make effective strides.


If just standing up on skates makes your heart pound and you break out in a sweat within five minutes, a private lesson is needed. When you are literally frozen in fear, your whole body is tensed and tight, and any movement feels scary and uncoordinated. The best chance for success is taking several short lessons over a short time span to keep up your learning momentum, or attending a multi-day skate camp.


A good instructor will progress you through the basic skills according to your ability to relax and perform them effectively with different levels of learning. Between lessons, you can practice the striding moves and braking stance on a thin carpet or a lawn at home, helping you to be able to balance before hitting those concrete floors.


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